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Turning Laneways into Public Places - Toolkit

Tuesday May 7, 2019  |  Toronto

The Laneway Project is hosting Beyond Gross: 2019 Laneway Summit to launch a series of resources to support laneway improvements.

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Hemson Simpson Lecture 2018/2019

Thursday January 24, 2019  |  Toronto

The second Hemson Simpson lecture of 2018/2019 will be presented on January 31, 2019 at SBB 312 105 Bond Street by Luc Wilson.

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Latest Article in the Ontario Planning Journal

Wednesday November 21, 2018  |  Toronto

The OPPI Ontario Planning Journal November/December 2018 issue includes an article by Dr. Shelagh McCartney, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan, Courtney Kaupp, Wanda Sugarhead and Ron Missewace and from Eabametoong First Nation. The article Restructuring First Nation housing need through community driven metrics reflects on Learning Together in Eabametoong First Nation. 

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WE Day Toronto 2018

Thursday September 20, 2018  |  Toronto


WE Day Toronto 2018 is an event bringing together world-renowned speakers, performers, and thousands of youth to celebrate a year of activism and charity. Dr. Shelagh McCartney presented at WE Day Toronto 2018 discussing the listen, learn and share model and the work completed in partnership with Nibinamik First Nation's Housing Policy.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Housing Strategy

Wednesday September 19, 2018  |  Toronto

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Ryerson University’s Together Design Lab are proud to announce an innovative new collaborative housing partnership -- the NAN Housing Strategy. 

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Hemson Simpson Lecture Series: Cities for Life

2018/2019 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series

Monday September 17, 2018  |  Toronto


The 2018/2019 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series will host its first lecture by Dr. Jason Corburn, UC Berkeley, Cities for Life: From Local to Global for Urban Health Equity on September 24, 2018 at the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University. 

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StudentDwellTO Focus Groups

Monday August 20, 2018  |  Toronto

StudentDwellTO is looking for undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University to be a part of the StudentDwell team.  

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Ontario Council for International Cooperation AGM

Monday June 18, 2018  |  Toronto

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation hosted its annual general meeting and symposium for its 30th anniversary this past Thursday in Toronto. Dr. Shelagh McCartney was an invited panelist on Catylyzing Sustainable Development Goals Ecosystem in Canada.

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Partnership Development Grant

Partnership Development Grant

Tuesday May 29, 2018  |  Toronto

The together design lab is excited following the announcement of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant to Dr. Shelagh McCartney, co-applicant Dr. Janice Barry and project partners Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Michael McKay, Director of Housing and Infrastructure at NAN, Matawa First Nations Management, Windigo First Nations Council, and Eabametoong First Nation.

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Waterloo Global Science Initiative

Tuesday April 24, 2018  |  Waterloo

The Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) brings together multi-disciplinary, multi-generational and multi-sectoral group to collectively work together on a focused subject. The WGSI's current focus is on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all- including Canada- by 2030. 

This WGSI summit, Dr. Shelagh McCartney was invited to participate in discussions on how Canada can implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Joan Buquets

Joan Busquets - Lecture + Exhibitions

Wednesday March 14, 2018  |  Toronto

The third and final lecture in the Hemson Simpson Lecture Series, Issues for the City: Metropolis of Cities, took place last Thursday. This lecture given by Joan Busquets, First Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning Design at Harvard University, was presented jointly by the Department of Architectural Science and the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

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Finding Our Power Together

Wednesday February 21, 2018  |  Toronto

Finding Our Power Together is a fundraiser in support of youth in Nibinamik First Nation. The March 3rd event at Ryerson University will include music, a silent auction, artist exhibition and Indigenous artisan vendors.

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Wednesday February 14, 2018  |  Toronto

The StudentDwellTO project is beginning to take shape. The massive project, jointly undertaken by Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University and OCAD, is starting to share early findings.

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FEDTalk: Building Together

FEDTalk: Building Together

Monday February 12, 2018  |  Ottawa

On February 8, Dr. McCartney spoke in Ottawa, at the invitation of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, on the importance of community decided housing evaluation metrics. 

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FNHC 2018

Nibinamik receives award at FNHC 2018

Thursday February 8, 2018  |  Thunder Bay

Congratulations to Nibinamik First Nation for their well-deserved award for the development of a community-led housing policy!

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FNHC 2018

First Nations Housing Conference 2018

Wednesday February 7, 2018  |  Thunder Bay

Together design lab team members attended the First Nation Housing Conference in Thunder Bay this week to co-present with Nibinamik community partners on their experiences with developing the community's new housing policy.

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Bearskin Lake, North Caribou Lake

January Housing Policy Workshops

Wednesday February 7, 2018  |  Bearskin Lake & North Caribou Lake First Nations

The together design lab visited Bearskin Lake and North Caribou Lake First Nations to work with the communities on their housing policies. 

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Hemson Simpson Lecture Series 201

Paradigm // Shift

Dr. Janice Barry Lecture

Sunday January 28, 2018  |  Toronto

The first lecture in the three-part 2018 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series that seeks to explore paradigm shifts in planning, took place last Thursday evening. Dr. Janice Barry from the University of Manitoba discussed the ways in which the Canadian planning system fails to engage with indigenous communities, and how urban planners continue to hear rather than listen to Indigenous peoples on matters of land-use planning.

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Eabametoong First Nation

Eabametoong Housing Policy Workshop

Monday January 22, 2018  |  Eabametoong First Nation

The together design lab’s partnership with Eabametoong First Nation continues with the start of a new project on developing a community-led housing policy.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018  |  Toronto

Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science is holding its annual Collaborative Exercise, a four-day charrette bringing together 450 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, sessional instructors and visiting experts including Dr. Shelagh McCartney.

DWELL (2018) asks students to imagine new forms of housing around the immediate Ryerson University campus. 

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Hemson Simpson Lecture Series 2018

Paradigm // Shift

2018 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series

Wednesday January 10, 2018  |  Toronto

The 2018 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series, hosted by Ryerson University's School of Urban and Regional Planning, explores calls to action and statements of Paradigm Shifts in planning.

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Friday December 8, 2017  |  Toronto

A recent Maclean's article features the stories of students in Toronto and their struggle for affordable, safe and stable housing. The challenge of finding secure and affordable housing is one that impacts students throughout the GTA.

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Bearskin Lake First Nation

Bearskin Lake Housing Workshop

Monday November 13, 2017  |  Bearskin Lake First Nation

Bearskin Lake First Nation and the together design lab team began its first community workshop on housing policy! Participation was high at the workshop with many community members sharing ideas on what the community's housing policy should contain.


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CBC The National, Nibinamik First Nation

CBC The National

Thursday November 2, 2017  |  Nibinamik First Nation

Nibinamik First Nation is featured on CBC The National. The documentary explores housing challenges and the partnership between the community and together design lab.

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Nibinamik First Nation

CBC News Feature

Wednesday November 1, 2017  |  Nibinamik First Nation

Our work in partnership with Nibinamik First Nation is featured on CBCNews. The article highlights our partnership and Nibinamik's goal of a community-developed housing system. 

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Eabametoong First Nation

Housing Workshops in Eabametoong

October 24-27, 2017  |  Eabametoong First Nation

The together design lab team was joined by +city lab in Eabametoong First Nation for a series of housing workshops from October 24-27, 2017. These workshops, part of Visioning Our Future Dwelling Together, look to engage community members of all ages in designing the communities next set of houses to be built in summer 2018.  

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Nibinamik First Nation

Policy Presentation in Nibinamik

Friday September 29, 2017  |  Nibinamik First Nation

The together lab team was in Nibinamik to present the approved final draft of the community created housing policy. Copies of the housing policy were brought up to be distributed to each household.

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Nibinamik First Nation

Nibinamik Housing Policy

Thursday September 7, 2017  |  Nibinamik First Nation

together design lab is excited to congratulate Nibinamik First Nation and Wakahegun 241 on the signing of a Band Council Resolution today supporting the adoption of the Nibinamik Housing Policy and officially recognizing Wakahegun 241 as the implementing body of this policy. 

It has been a great honour to work with all community members, and other project partners in the creation of this housing policy. Creating the Nibinamik Housing Policy would not have been possible without all of the sharing of values, goals and aspirations by the more than 100 community member participants in this project. 

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Lab Launch & Sharing Session

Thursday September 7, 2017  |  6pm  |  SBB 428

This will be the first monthly sharing night. These evenings will bring together people from across our lab and the various projects to share ideas, thoughts and conversation. As well, these events will introduce different aspects of the wider Ryerson Planning community to specific elements of our lab.


This being the first event we will be launching the new lab, its website and giving an introduction to the types of projects it is undertaking. Special focus in this particular session will be the Nibinamik Housing Policy.

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